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The Language Around Guns in America

It’s not what it was in the ’70s.

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A podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan and León Krauze talk to reporters, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.

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  • Virginia Heffernan is a contributing editor at Wired, a columnist at the Los Angeles Times, and a co-host of Trumpcast.

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Episode Notes

Virginia Heffernan talks to A.C. Valdez, editor of the Guns & America reporting initiative and former Trumpcast producer, about the way we talk about guns in the United States, how mass shootings are defined in media, strategies for de-escalating gun violence in gang situations vs.
terrorism, united toxic male weirdness, and more.

Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan, with help from Merritt Jacob.